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Use ITA matrix. You can search from almost every European departure point to a single or multiple destination and it will deliver the best price available for you date of travel. You can filter by alliance or carrier.
Recently BUD was excellent for AY departures to Asia whilst Swiss and KLM were offering some great deals across their network.
Matrix also great for a cheap weekend away as you can search a single departure point to anywhere in Europe and the cheapest prices will display first.
Very useful though you cannot buy the ticket through them only via a good agent or airline telesales.
You can often get deals ex the UK on through tickets which are so god that APD is worth paying, AY are good for this and they also have schedules which permit through ticketing but have just over 24 hours in Helsinki which in turn drops the UK APD to euro levels.